COLOMBO, Nov 29 Sri Lanka's central bank left
its key interest rates unchanged on Friday, as widely expected,
two days after the new government announced major tax cuts to
boost economic growth that has fallen to a near two-decade low.
* Deep ethnic and religious divisions in Sri Lanka
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COLOMBO Polls have closed in Sri Lanka where elections were held on Saturday for a new president of the tourism-dependent island nation still struggling to recover from the Easter Sunday militant attacks which killed more than 250 people.
COLOMBO Sri Lankans elect a new president on Saturday in a "finely balanced" race between the early favourite, former defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and government minister Sajith Premadasa, who has gained momentum in recent weeks.
* Says growth likely to remain subdued in 2019
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COLOMBO Sri Lanka's presidential frontrunner housing minister Sajith Premadasa launched his campaign on Thursday, promising to appoint a wartime army chief as head of national security should he win the Nov. 16 presidency in a nation still reeling from Easter Sunday Islamist attacks.
COLOMBO Sri Lanka's former defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday formally launched his presidential campaign, promising strong national security measures if he wins the Nov. 16 election in the island nation still reeling from Easter Sunday bombings.
COLOMBO A record 35 candidates have filed nominations to take part in Sri Lanka's presidential election on Nov. 16, nearly twice as many as participated in the last poll in 2015, posing a logistical headache for election authorities.
COLOMBO A Sri Lankan court on Friday dismissed a legal challenge to presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa's Sri Lankan citizenship, removing a major barrier he faced in contesting the Nov. 16 poll.
COLOMBO, Sept 25 The International Monetary Fund
(IMF) said on Wednesday it has cut its forecast for Sri Lanka's
2019 economic growth to 2.7% from 3.5%, as the Easter Sunday
attacks on hotels and churches earlier this year dented tourism
and broader business activity.